by Yehuda Shlezinger and Israel Hayom Staff
Unable to prevent Knesset conference calling to evict Jewish settlement from Hebron, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and fellow MKs Yoav Kisch and Bezalel Smotrich plan counter-event the previous day to support Jewish settlement in Hebron.
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein
Photo: Oren Ben Hakoon
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein is planning to pre-empt a conference scheduled to take place in the Knesset this Tuesday that will call for the eviction of the Jewish settlement in Hebron, by holding a counter-event the previous day in support of Jewish settlement in Hebron.
The anti-settlement event, organized by MK Michal Rozin (Meretz) and Joint Arab List Chairman Ayman Odeh and MK Dov Khenin, was originally scheduled to take place on Nov. 26. The original invitation referred to "a destructive reality of violence" caused by a "cruel segregation regime" to accommodate a "handful of settlers."
As speaker, Edelstein authorizes all conferences held at the Knesset, and postponed the event because Czech President Milos Zeman was visiting Israel and was due to address the Knesset plenum the same day.
In deciding to hold a counter-event, Edelstein said, "It's bizarre to me that certain Knesset members would dare to question the right of the Jewish people to settle in the land of their forefathers."
MKs Yoav Kisch (Likud) and Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi) are helping Edelstein with the event to promote strengthening settlement in Hebron.
Yehuda Shlezinger and Israel Hayom Staff
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